BOWLS: Competition hots up at Louth club finals

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Louth Indoor Bowls Club’s knockout finals saw some excellent contests, particularly in the Men’s Over 60s Singles, the Mixed Fours and the Maiden Trophy.

In the singles it was neck and neck all the way with Tony Musson just getting over the line first to beat Alan Dent (Snr) 21-19.

The Mixed Fours needed an extra end decider after the team of Barrie Robinson, Jonathan Darley, Jean Holdsworth and Jean Dracass fought back from 12-4 behind to level the score at 15 each after the obligatory 21 ends, but it was the quartet of Alan Watson, Vic and Wendy White and Wendy Blyth who got the vital shot to win the match.

The Maiden Trophy, an open pairs competition for members who had not won a trophy over the past 10 years, was equally absorbing and again needed an extra end to decide the winners. Malcolm and Dawn Wade looked set for a victory when opening up a five-shot lead with just two ends to play, but Brian and Bernice Culham responded with a ‘2’ and a ‘3’ to draw level. However the Wades grabbed a single on the extra end to take the trophy.

The Men’s Open Singles saw Russ Dent score five shots over the last two ends to beat cousin Alan Dent (Jnr) 21-15.

In the Men’s Pairs, H.Putland and A.Musson were down 13-9 after 13 ends, but staged a smash and grab to score ‘6’ and ‘4’ in successive ends and went on to beat B.Robinson and J.Darley 24-16.

Robinson and Darley were also out of luck when they teamed up with R.Dent and M.Leverton in the Men’s Fours and were beaten 20-7 by A.Dent (Snr), S.Dent, C.Matthews and S.Reeson.

A.Dent (Snr) collected another trophy when playing with son Alan (Jnr) in the 2-bowl Open Pairs as they just edged a 19-14 win against Putland and Musson. The beaten duo were also on the wrong side of a 19-7 scoreline when playing alongside Pam Cowling in the Mixed Triples against Tony Willoughby, Margaret Leggett and son Andy.

The Mixed Pairs was won by A.Dent (Snr) and Sue Page who had led 15-5 after eleven ends but had to survive a late fightback from A.Watson and W.Blyth before winning 20-17.